Congrats to UnionDocs Lab Alumnae, Residency Supported and Fiscally Sponsored Projects at IFP Week Sept. 15-20!

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced its 40th annual IFP Project Forum slate! From September 15 – 20 in New York, they will highlight 150 films, series, digital and audio projects in development from over 16 countries. We’re so proud to announce films that have spent time incubating at UnionDocs are included in this year’s IFP Week. Films by alumni of both the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and Summer Documentary Lab have been selected for Independent Filmmaker Project’s Project Forum as well as projects we’ve been able to support through our Editing Residency and Fiscal Sponsorship program. Congratulations to these much deserved filmmakers for their inclusion at this year’s IFP! Make sure to keep an eye out for these filmmakers and their forthcoming work that is not to be missed.

An Act of Worship directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy and produced by Summer Documentary Lab alum Sofian Khan. An Act of Worship follows young Muslim women activists at a time when hate crimes against Muslims have reached their highest level since 9/11.

This Body Too directed and written by Collaborative Studio alum Arisleyda Dilone and produced by her and Ian Bell. Faced with having to remove or replace her expired breast implants, a Dominican filmmaker examines the concepts of femininity and gender norms as an intersex-woman.

& Daughters directed by Collaborative Studio alum Sarah Keeling and produced by Sarah Keeling and Adrián Gutiérrez. Forging ahead in male-dominated industries, six daughters challenge tradition as they each take over their family’s business.

499 Years directed by Roberto Guerra Award Winner Rodrigo Reyes and produced by UNDO collaborator Su Kim, Inti Cordera and Andrew Houchens. A hybrid film, 499 years explores the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico nearly five-hundred years after Cortez landed in the Aztec Empire.

The American Sector directed by UnionDocs Editing Retreat Participants Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens, written by Courtney Stephens, and produced by Pacho Velez. The American Sector captures the seventy-five panels of the Berlin Wall scattered across America, exploring how these monuments to the past resonate in the present.

The Labudovic Reels directed and written by UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab alum Mila Turajlic and produced by Mila Turajlic and Carine Chichkowsky. President Tito’s cameraman reveals the secret weapon of solidarity among liberation movements – cinema.

Vision Portraits directed by UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab alum Rodney Evans, produced by Rodney Evans and Robert Wunder, and executive produced by Joseph Lovett. Vision Portraits is a feature length documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the film’s director, Rodney Evans.

Learn more about the festival and the full lineup here: